D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement in observance of the upcoming National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday:
“[On June 2] people across the nation will wear orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. We will honor the thousands of lives lost to gun violence every year and call for swift action to build a safer future — a future where Americans do not fear gun violence in their schools, churches, or communities.
“This annual call to action follows months of people young and old demanding sensible gun control. And it comes in the midst of our own efforts here at home to get illegal guns off our streets and to stop the senseless violence that has already taken too many lives.
“This past weekend, we lost four members of our community to gun violence: Alexander, Venius, Jaquon, and Anthony. We pray for their families and friends, but we must do more than just pray — we must continue to take action.
“So, we will continue to deploy additional public safety resources to our neighborhoods experiencing spikes in violent crime; we will double down on our efforts to engage our young people and connect residents to employment opportunities; and we will continue to build the partnerships that our violence interrupters rely on to be effective. But we also know that ending gun violence is going to take a community-wide effort.
“We must work together to get illegal guns out of our neighborhoods. If you know about illegal guns in your home or neighborhood, we urge you to contact MPD’s anonymous tip hotline by calling (202) 727-9099 or by texting 50411.”